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February 2015 issue

SCU’s research excellence in the spotlight


Regional planning and engineering students say YES to jobs with Richmond Valley Council

Travis Eggins and Megan Yates at Richmond Valley Council.

Governor visits National Marine Science Centre


Huawei Joins Southern Cross University Rising Stars Scholarships Program


Southern Cross University (SCU) and Huawei Australia have announced a partnership which will deliver a suite of scholarships for Southern Cross University students and opportunities for Huawei internships. Under the University’s Rising Stars Scholarship program, Huawei is funding three annual scholarships totalling $45,000 over three years commencing this year. This partnership builds on an already successful relationship […]

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Head-Start paves the way for Sam’s university experience

SCU Head-Start graduates Sam Brown and Anna Summers. both from Lismore High School.

Civil engineering or teaching: first-year student Sam Brown was not short of choice when considering his study options at Southern Cross University. The former Lismore High student was offered direct entry into a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering after completing the SCU Head-Start program in Year 11. But with his heart set on being […]

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SCU outlines vision for allied health at Coffs Harbour


Southern Cross University’s vision for expanding the number of courses it offers in allied health and medicine at its Coffs Harbour campus was the focus of discussions held this month with federal Assistant Minister for Health Senator Fiona Nash and the federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker. During a round-table discussion, head of Coffs Harbour campus, […]

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Teacher students travel to Cambodia to experience culture, society and education

Gabrielle Cowie with students from Footprints primary school in Phnom Penh.

As Cambodia moves to keep pace with its south-east Asian neighbours, education has become a priority. A group of Southern Cross University teacher students experienced the improvements in education firsthand when they spent time there, made possible with AsiaBound grants. For two and a half weeks, two early childhood, three primary and five secondary education students […]

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Learning Spaces make SCU College even more accessible

Janet Taylor

For three years SCU College has helped students of all ages and from all walks of life access university education and now, thanks to the launch of six new Learning Spaces, accessing programs will become even easier. College Director Professor Janet Taylor said a partnership between Southern Cross University and North Coast TAFE had facilitated […]

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Being heard: giving voice to silence

Bertha Strehlow with a joey (Credit: Strehlow Research Centre)

New life has been breathed into the forgotten story of Bertha Strehlow, the wife of Central Australian anthropologist and linguist Ted Strehlow, in a verse novel by a Southern Cross University PhD researcher. The significance of this historical figure’s revival, focused on the time when Bertha lived in Central Australia between the first and second […]

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China’s top sports university students at SCU for academic exchange

Students from Tianjin University of Sport with Mr Xiaodong Zhang, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs in the TUS International Communication Centre (left hand side, middle row), Professor Iain Graham, Head of the School of Health and Human Sciences (middle, check shirt), and Professor Shi Zhou from the Southern Cross University School of Health and Human Sciences (right hand side, middle row).

Students from one of China’s top sports universities have experienced Southern Cross University’s sports and exercise science course. The group of 14 students from Tianjin University of Sport (TUS), led by a staff member Mr Xiaodong Zhang, recently spent two weeks at the Lismore campus as part of a short-term academic exchange. Southern Cross University […]

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Dr Calder Chaffey: My favourite botanist I never met

Dr Calder Chaffey.

By Vic Szabo, Herbarium Technical Officer, SCU Medicinal Plant Herbarium, Southern Cross Plant Science It was 2012 when Southern Cross University’s Medicinal Plant Herbarium received the collection of the late Dr Calder Chaffey. The dried plant collection, made up of plants he’d collected all around Australia, was the basis of my employment as a Herbarium […]

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Postcard to home: Kirati Wiriton


Kirati Wiriton is from the tiny nation of Kiribati, which has a population of about 100,000 and is made up of an archipelago of 33 islands. Located in the central Pacific, Kiribati (which is pronounced Kirra-bus) is famous because it is being slowly swallowed by the sea as water levels rise. Kiribati is very poor […]

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Meet the staff: the colourful life of Dr Silvia Nelson


There is nothing dull about Dr Silvia Nelson – her clothes are bright, her smile is dazzling and her enthusiasm for learning is infectious. This vitality is the product of a colourful life, which began in Dr Nelson’s native Brazil and has taken her around the world to her adopted home, Australia. Dr Nelson, who […]

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